AID FOR AIDS in the Dominican Republic is a local office of AID FOR AIDS International and has existed in the country since 1996. When the organization first arrived on the island, the local office was situated in the Department of Humanities in the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), where it served as the administrative headquarters. The office was officially registered as an NGO in 2002 with the Access to Treatment Program. Since that time we have implemented a number of programs focused on contributing to the eradication of the pandemic and improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable groups affected by the virus, through the development of skills and empowerment.
Programs of AFA Dominican Republic
Primary Prevention Program “How Much Do You Know ?”
is a primary prevention program geared toward adolescents and young adults from developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, who are trained to become leaders and agents of change in their communities. The program is based on a peer education methodology. Young people are trained and then afterwards they go on to transmit what they have learned to the their peers. In this way, the program offers young people, health professionals, companies and organizations, people with HIV and their families, and the general public correct and current information about HIV and AIDS, and at the same time they incorporate information on life skills, as spelled out by the World Health Organization, and promoting the eradication of stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV and AIDS. All of this is accomplished by incorporating techniques from neurolinguistic programming. By incorporating these techniques into their daily lives, people become empowered with basic education in order to achieve a better quality of life and appreciate the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Access To Treatment Program
This program provides antiretroviral treatment to people with HIV and AIDS who otherwise would not have access to such treatment, especially third generation medications not available in the country. Thanks to this program, people with HIV and AIDS who are resistant to the treatment regimens provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Security are able to access other types of antiretroviral treatments that will save their lives. Currently, there are 41 beneficiaries receiving monthly donations of medicine, saving the State more than $800,000 in medicine annually.
Comprehensive Attention Program For Boys, Girls, And Adolescents With Hiv Or Aids
The first stages of this program have been implemented in the Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital since 2010. Its main objective is to offer orientation and emotional, social, psychopedagogical support to boys, girls, and adolescents with HIV or AIDS and their family members. The program provides tools of empowerment for boys, girls, and adolescents about their life and health from an early age, the strengthening of adherence to medical treatment, and the reinforcement of their academic activities as well.
Provided comprehensive attention to 854 people
We provided monthly HIV medication donations to 47 Dominicans in 2012. In addition, all of these beneficiaries received free diagnostic tests as well as viral load and CD4 exams.
We trained 119 teachers to become facilitators, 1,320 young people as multiplying agents, and we reached approximately 29 thousand individuals in the general community through more than 58 schools.
In this year we have also started training a group of 40 leaders from the LGBT community who will be equipped with the necessary tools for preventing HIV and multiplying important information inside of their communities.
In 2012 we offered support to more than 400 boys and girls through our project as sub-recipients of the Global Fund with the help of CONAVIHSIDA.
CONAVIHSIDA, as sub-recipients of the Global Fund DIGECITSS Network of Young People Living with HIV Robert Reid Hospital
Staff and Contact Info
New address: Av. Las Américas No 60, Plaza de León, casi Esq. Venezuela, Ensanche Ozama, Santo Domingo Este. Incluir a Mayerlin Montilla- Contadora Cargo de Vigirnia- Coordinadora Acceso a Tratamiento Coordinadora de Campo- Ibelise Medina